Be the Hero in Your Story

The other day, this remarkable event got my attention in an email from my college sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta: "4 Thetas Save Mom and 2 Kids from vehicle sinking into a body of water."*

The awe you get from thinking about this amazing story seems to eclipse anything in your own life that might be "heroic."  Yet, I was reminded that we don't have to do something incredible to be a hero. It's about showing up and doing your best - being motivated coupled with action.

From an article on, I loved this quote from Barbara Abernathy, PHD, LMHC, "So, that's what it means to be the hero of your own story. It's calling forward that strongest part of yourself.  And there are times that life gives us no choice, and we rise to the challenge."  She was talking about transplant survivors, yet it applies to all of us. She quoted Christopher Reeve after he became paralyzed from the neck down:

*A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." **

So, check out the idea below about being the hero in your own day-to-day life.

Try This: Be the Hero in Your Story

All of us have moments of awe, wonder, and even brilliance, yet they are forgotten in the mundane daily activities that fill our days. To remind yourself that you are powerful and capable of doing amazing things, for this week:

  • Imagine for a minute that you're the hero of your own story. How does that feel to you?
  • Sharing our stories gives each of us hope because your story is so important, and the person sitting may need to be inspired by hearing it.
  • When telling your story, take a stance. Put your hands on your hips, feet apart, and head held high.
  • Finally, come up with a hero trigger. It can be a word, phrase, or even something physical like a cape! The key is to have something to call on your power.

Strike a pose and enjoy being the hero in your story!

* 4 Thetas Save Mom and 2 kids,”

** You Are Already the Hero of Your Own Story,

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